Early Winter Storms Bring Strong Start to Vermont Ski Season
Thanks to Winter Storm Caly and the many weeks of early season snowfall, Vermont’s resorts have welcomed over 8 feet of natural snowfall to their slopes this season, and with it, have expanded their terrain offerings and snowmaking coverage as the conditions have continued to play in favor of an awesome 2016-17 ski and snowboard season.
Resorts across the state are seeing large increases in reservations and lift ticket sales as the snow continues to pile up in Vermont. “It’s impressive what five feet of snow in just a week will do to the pace of reservations,” said JJ Toland, Jay Peak’s Director of Communication and Events, referring to the amount of people who called to book a winter vacation as news of the snow spread. “Having this amount of snow so early in the season is really helping to boost people’s confidence that it’ll be a deep winter.”
In Southern Vermont, where Winter Storm Caly hit hardest, Stratton Mountain Resort has been taking full advantage of the ideal weather. Cassie Russo, Marketing Coordinator at Stratton Mountain Resort said, “we are on our fifth consecutive day of snowmaking and there’s no end in sight.”
Similarly, at Okemo Mountain Resort, snowmakers have been working around the clock to ensure that 75 of their 121 trails will be open to their visitors by the holidays. Bonnie MacPherson, Director of Public Relations at Okemo Mountain Resort said that, “the snow coverage is phenomenal; it's some of the best early season skiing and riding we've seen in years!”
Mad River Glen opened this past Saturday on December 10th, and said it was one of the earliest opening days in years thanks to Mother Nature and the four feet of snow she’s brought to the Mad River Valley. Eric Friedman, Marketing Director at Mad River Glen, says they hope to offer 100% of their terrain to skiers over the holidays.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort is on the same page as Mad River Glen. "We plan to have top to bottom skiing and riding on all three mountains at Smugglers' by the weekend of December 17, as well as both tubing hills,” said Mike Chait, Director of Public Relations at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. “With the momentum we've seen thus far, we expect to be nearly 100% open by the holiday. As far as December goes, it doesn't get much better than this.”
Bromley Mountain Resort has already received about a quarter of their average annual snowfall so far this season, and Killington Mountain Resort continues to see large increases in coverage. “This storm cycle with fresh snow almost every night is exactly what we waited for all of last winter. We’re rapidly approaching last season’s total snowfall with 66” already fallen, including 18” in the past week,” says Michael Joseph, Communications Manager for Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.
Please note: Updated images from Vermont ski resorts, for media use, can be found here throughout the season: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rxv9ertz8uosqfr/AACJpJ-8VfQouPmpy5cMbXFNa?dl=0